* Posts by Jason Hindle

582 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

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Permissionless data slurping: Why Google's latest bombshell matters

Jason Hindle

So, if I want the benefits of a smartphone, without the (opaque) slurping....

What are my options? My Google Nexus 5X is pretty much everything. It''s my plane ticket, train ticket, bus ticket, tram ticket, taxi ride and method of paying for most transactions < £30 (and many other things). It also sometimes gets used a phone. I'm somewhat loathe to go back to the old ways of doing things, but are the alternatives (assuming the plural still applies) any better?

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Dick move: Navy flyboy flings firmament phallus for flabbergasted folk

Jason Hindle

Preferred the Newsthump Coverage to El Reg

https://newsthump.com/2017/11/17/us-navy-pilots-apologise-for-drawing-huge-penis-in-the-sky/

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Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles

Jason Hindle

That'll look cool

With a henchman at the wheel, driving around Musk's hollowed out volcano.

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BT boss: Yeah, making a business case for 5G is hard

Jason Hindle

A fully national 5G network might be hard to justify

But a less ambitious network that covers city centres, and other areas of high density usage, might work out better for the networks in terms of investment and return.

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Tell the public how much our tram tickets cost? Are you mad?

Jason Hindle

It's true - we have the worlds most bonkers ticketing system in Manc

Imagine living in a city where they have an Oyster/Octopus type card, with the most ridiculous name imaginable*. Imagine then not being able to simply top that card up and use it anywhere**. Or where the card works on buses and trams, but not the train. Imagine still having to buy separate tickets for bus, tram and train, in spite of this card. Imagine a city where contactless (including Apple/Android Pay) works on some buses, but not others. Imagine Manc!

The only good thing about it is that the city ended up firing a company with a reputation of declaring dying people fit to work, because it turned out they were also incompetent at delivering IT systems.

* It's called My Get Me There. Ok, I suppose they could have called it Noel or Liam. There is an NFC card, and there's an app, but the app doesn't use NFC and works with tram tickets only.

** And it's for season tickets only, and quite useless for ad-hoc, point to point trips.

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Russia, America dig into tug-of-war over Bitcoin laundering suspect

Jason Hindle

I bet he’s FSB

Why else would the Russians be so desperate to get him back?

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EasyJet: We'll have electric airliners within the next decade

Jason Hindle

What happens if the battery meter is telling porkies?

Like the one on my lying old iPhone?

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Dyson to build electric car that doesn't suck

Jason Hindle

Will it come with a mast?

So the taller vehicles behind you can see your car?

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UK Home Office re-bans cheap call gateways because 'terrorism'

Jason Hindle

Re: Oh dear

Well if “families” doesn’t do the trick, they can always roll out “hard working families”.

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The award for worst ISP goes to... it starts with Talk and ends with Talk

Jason Hindle

The main issue, in my experience....

Sure, you BT Home Hub, YakYak or Sky broadband router might be working incredibly well, but you've no guarantee a problem will be resolved in any reasonable amount of time. Problems with the router, and out to the cabinet, should be easy enough to deal with, but the simplest way to deal with a core/edge network issue may well be to move provider! I've read enough horror stories of BT customers going long without service, and have my own bad experience with TalkTalk*. I have BT Infinity 2, at the moment, and (fingers/toes crossed) it works very nicely. I don't have time for a Kafkaesque customer service experience.

* Couldn't receive calls at home. They charged me for an inconclusive home visit, and the problem mysteriously fixed itself after a few days.

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Attention adults working in the real world: Do not upgrade to iOS 11 if you use Outlook, Exchange

Jason Hindle

Well the Outlook app is a decent enough sticking plaster

But may not work if you have something like Airwatch mandated*.

* Which apparently forces me to use the Samsung email client, on the corporate phone.

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Unloved Microsoft Edge is much improved – but will anyone use it?

Jason Hindle

Edge is fine.

Really, it's fine. I use it as my default browser, on Windows 10, and keep Chrome for the things Chrome is good at (I use Google docs, for starters). However, I only see Edge taking off if Microsoft makes Windows 10 S work. Given the current state of the Microsoft App Store, I don't see that happening. Perhaps if they get the second (or is it third) coming or Windows on ARM to work out for them? Something like that (with cheap, decently performing tablets and notebooks), with a decent ecosystem, could work. Doesn't help Microsoft that the other two got there first. Now that's what I call disruption.

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Everyone loves programming in Python! You disagree? But it's the fastest growing, says Stack Overflow

Jason Hindle

Re: Usefulness

"Python has a couple of traits that make it very useful for those who program as a secondary function."

That would be me. I was originally a programmer by training, but it's now an occasional part of the job. Sure, I recently learned some Java for a specific set of tasks (nice enough language, btw), but Python is becoming the language I use when I just want to get stuff done.

I'm not sure if it's a good language for the beginner though. Call me old fashioned, but a good set of training wheels should be strongly typed.

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Vodafone won't pay employee expenses for cups of coffee

Jason Hindle

Sounds fairly Standard

Travel outside of normal working hours should probably be on the clock though. And the policy should only be covering day trips. I haven't done a one day business trip in donkeys' years, but always used to bring my own sarnies along. Travel and expenses policies have, across the tech business, been trending meaner for a long time. Absent another boom, I'm not expecting this to improve anytime soon.

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Hackers scam half a million from Enigma digital currency investors

Jason Hindle

Ahh, digital currency

Farting pools from their actual currency since 2009.

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HMS Queen Lizzie impugned by cheeky Scot's drone landing

Jason Hindle

Re: She drove a Reliant Scimitar, you know?

One with London, Paris, New York, Peckham on the side?

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Don't buy Microsoft Surface gear: 25% will break after 2 years, says Consumer Reports

Jason Hindle

Re: Not been my experience

Nothing beats a Targus case when you want that feeling of oozing quality :-/.

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Ubuntu Linux now on Windows Store (for Insiders)

Jason Hindle

So is this virtualised Ubuntu?

Or is it booting up from its own partition?

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Photobucket says photo-f**k-it, starts off-site image shakedown

Jason Hindle

They got greedy

I pay a relatively small annual fee for my Flickr and SmugMug sites, with no such limitation. Compared to SmugMug in particular, the Photobucket galleries aren't terribly attractive. I'm sure many long time users would pay a reasonable amount to make this problem go away, but $400 is absurd.

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After reusing a rocket, SpaceX tries reusing Dragon capsule for ISS resupply

Jason Hindle

Re: I can see where this is going

You left out the furry dice.

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US laptops-on-planes ban may extend to flights from ALL nations

Jason Hindle

I can see this creating a new market

Airport laptop rental at the point of arrival. Choice of either Chromebook or something that comes with VirtualBox and the VMware player. Those (I assume many) of us who have a US employer will have a laptop waiting, either at the hotel, if visiting a client, or at the office if visiting the mothership. Getting the customer to store spare devices is also an option.

I don't see the point of ban. I don't see how it will make us more secure. A bomb is a bomb, and a relatively small bomb will take down a plane regardless of placement. However, I do think we'll all adapt and get on with it. No matter how onerous these regulations become, I predict a majority of us (perhaps fifty two percent) will continue to vote for morons.

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It's just 'Pro' now, guys: Microsoft gives Surface a subtle resurfacing

Jason Hindle

Ahh, the elusive SIM card slot

Always so much jam tomorrow.

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Scheming copyright scam lawyer John Steele disbarred in Illinois

Jason Hindle

I guess he'd better call Saul....

Enough said.

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Blighty's buying another 17 F-35s, confirms the American government

Jason Hindle

Re: Tough choices

Welcome to Brazil. First world taxes, third world public healthcare, and enough heavily armed police by the time the populace realise they've been had.

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Jason Hindle

Re: Appeal to armchair strategists

I don't see what strategic interests Britain has in the South China Sea. All our problems are closer to home.

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Jason Hindle

Re: I'm in the mood for being a downvote magnet

Disappointed by the lack of downvotes, I'll address a random selection of responses.

“And isn't wet, and hasn't overheated.”

So no different to any other stealth aircraft? My limited understanding of stealth operations is that there's a lot more to them than simply fielding something with reduced visibility. At the moment, I'm suspecting Britain's aircraft will more likely be hobbled more by lack of access to munitions and sensor packages.

“Yes it is. But when did that ever actually work? (Other than finding out by need or accident that 'hey, look, it was only designed to do this, but it can also do that'?)”

By accident? F15. By design? F18. Two of the most successful combat aircraft ever…. British defence thinking tends to be hobbled by the MoD’s (and top brass’s) love of one trick ponies.

“These were never intended as air superiority fighters(*). That's the F22's job along with enemy ground defence supression. The "cheaper" F35 was supposed to be doing ground support work.”

So you reckon it's just a big Harrier replacement, with questionable stealth, and designed for exactly the same missions?

“The ordnance loadout is pathetic, the range is crap and the turnaround times are realistically going to be days once they begin to see real-world use.”

I'm disappointed they didn't get the A, for the RAF, but the B looks reasonable. I understand it can carry a couple of AMRAMs plus a couple of small bombs, internally.

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Jason Hindle

I'm in the mood for being a downvote magnet

I reckon the F35B will be pretty spectacular, once it's RFS. Perhaps more effective than the Eurofighter.

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Behold, auto-completing Android bug reports – because you're not very thorough

Jason Hindle

Anyone criticising my auto correct errors

Can go to he'll.

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UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT

Jason Hindle

Re: Oh dear. XP

Indeed. Along with IE6 and ActiveX controls. As I've commented elsewhere, there are still cowboys getting away providing browser dependent applications....

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Jason Hindle

Oh dear. XP

So I Googled "Does the NHS still use Windows XP," and quickly found an El Reg atticle from last December. Sounds like the people who think we have too many experts have been ignoring expert advice, again.

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Microsoft touts next Windows 10 Creators Update: It's set for a Fall

Jason Hindle

Updated to it today....

Broke OneDrive....

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Hackers emit 9GB of stolen Macron 'emails' two days before French presidential election

Jason Hindle

The real problem?

Whoever is doing the interfering is doing so with apparent impunity. Someone (GCHQ? MI6? CIA?) needs to get a handle on this!

Edit: Oh, just had a look at some of the other comments. It seems El Reg is finally important enough to attract Putin-bots. How lovely!

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Windows 10 S forces Bing, Edge on your kids. If you don't like it, get Win10 Pro – Microsoft

Jason Hindle
WTF?

So I took a look at the App Store, from a technical/learning perspective.

It's crap. For those with an interest in artistic pursuits, there's no Creative Cloud (or anything close). Interested in learning software development? There's nothing. Microsoft's own tools aren't there. There's no virtualisation software*. If you're a student, you can activate Office and write an essay. That's about it. It'll work for those who could otherwise make do with a Chromebook (and can be an improvement, given it is less dependent a connection), but is badly hobbled by the quality of Microsoft's store.

* Which I'd advocate as the starting point for anyone learning software development - far better to break a VM than to break Windows.

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Don't click that Google Docs link! Gmail hijack mail spreads like wildfire

Jason Hindle

Happy to be one of the forty eight percent

Who don't fall for this shit.

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Microsoft sparks new war with Google with, er, $999+ lappies for kids

Jason Hindle

4Gb of RAM in a $999 laptop?

WTF?

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Scratch the Surface: Slabtop sales slump takes the shine off Microsoft's 2017 so far

Jason Hindle

Mine's the one with Chinese knock off written on it

Actually damned good for the money, at least for something to muck about with*. Reminds me of that car from Good Omens (the Wasab?).

* Core M Surface 4 look-a-like, newer processor, 8GB/256GB, half the price/twice the weight.

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Mondays suck. So why not spend yours playing with an original Mac and games in your browser

Jason Hindle

Re: GUIs exist for two purposes

1. Run up IDE of choice.

2. Run up multiple terminal windows.

Cross out 1 if your IDE is Vi.

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

Jason Hindle

A win, win win, win election?

- May wins by a landslide and the country is no longer hostage to the Tory lunatic fringe: Win.

- While Corbyn is tested in the crucible of reality and found wanting: Win.

- Alternatively, a resurgent Liberal party blunts May (or even denies her an outright majority): Win.

- Alternatively, Labour extricates itself from its current, painful Yoga* position and actually achieves something: Win.

* Translated from the original Hindi, the technique translates, roughly, as the La La La I'm Not Listening posture, and involves the expert practitioner bending over backwards and inserting their head into their own bottom. The current Labour leadership are all experts at getting themselves into this position.

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'Tech troll' sues EFF to silence 'Stupid Patent of the Month' blog. Now the EFF sues back

Jason Hindle

MOABs....

"Throw some MOAB's on their effin HQs, problem solved"

I think just the one will be pretty emphatic :-/.

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WileyFox disentangles itself from Cyanogen

Jason Hindle

I hope they update the Storm

Had to do no end of hacking (engineering menus) just to get it to connect to a couple of data networks, in Africa, last year. These were situations where the Nexus and iPhone just worked. Reading around the issue, it looks Cyanogen related.

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WD unveils grown-up USB stick in My Passport slab form

Jason Hindle

Great place to stick various VMs

And the odd Lightroom catalogue.

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Mac Pro update: Apple promises another pricey thing it will no doubt abandon after a year

Jason Hindle

Is it too much to ask?

Just make a bloody PC that happens to run OSX (or whatever they're calling it this week). The current Mac Pro was actually reasonable(ish) value when it arrived, but given the direction Apple is going, I do wonder what the point is unless you're heavily dependent on Apple only applications.

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60 slow-mo A-bomb test videos explode onto YouTube

Jason Hindle

Stunning

Especially the second video embedded into the article. I watched Rogue One over Christmas, and thought the Death Star was the real star of the film. Somehow made more real, and menacing than in the original film. That second video more impressive than Disney's special effects!

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UK Home Office warns tech staff not to tweet negative Donald Trump posts

Jason Hindle

Sounds perfectly normal

As long as the guidance doesn't stretch to personal accounts (which should always come with the caveat "my views are my own").

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Royal Navy's newest ship formally named in Glasgow yard

Jason Hindle

Looks like the naval equivalent of a technical

One of those four by fours I see around Africa, from time to time, usually with a large gun mounted.

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I can DB clearly now the clouds are gone: Oracle 12c on-premises for Linux, SPARC

Jason Hindle

Re: Commenting just for the headline...

I'm sure the headline writer could make more money working for the Sun....

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Frustrated by reboot-happy Windows 10? Creators Update hopes to take away the pain

Jason Hindle

Yes, the Windows 10 updates are pretty awful

And it's even worse if you've not had the damned thing switched on for a while. I recently got back from a 12 week business trip, where there wasn't room in the hand luggage for the Surface. It took two days to get the damned thing right. It wouldn't even connect to my home WiFi, initially (fixed by manually configuring the IP settings). The Mac, OTOH (and I hate to write this*) just worked.

* Because everyone who owns a Mac knows they have problems of their own.

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Amazon's AWS S3 cloud storage evaporates: Top websites, Docker stung

Jason Hindle

As the T-Shirt Says

It's not a cloud! It's someone else's computer*.

* And it can break.

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Jason Hindle

Re: But....

"Isn't the selling point of all this cloudy stuff that it does not go down???????"

Not without multiple levels of geographic redundancy. It's hugely expensive for an event that might only happen once every few years. Those dumb pipes known as the carriers have it in spades*. The likes of Amazon and Google, no so much. I like carriers (from a technical perspective).

* Even for voice mail, and no one uses that.

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Post-Brexit five-year UK work visas planned – report

Jason Hindle

Re: Meanwhile...

Likewise, I don't buy the the idea that the country will fall apart without cheap Labour. As I see it, we have more than one type of Brexiter. Now this isn't exhaustive, but we do have:

- Tbe money: Will continue to benefit from all the cheap labour it wants.

- The poor and left behind: The newly minted cheap labour.

Then we have Reg readers who might not have voted leave, but will probably get bit richer from the IT fallout. This could be bigger than Y2K.

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